Happy New Year’s Eve!
This Week in Tech comes a day early because we know you’ll be nursing a hangover tomorrow and may not want to read tech news!
Here’s the round-up of the week’s most interesting mobile and technology stories.
This week we highlight Spotify’s class action lawsuit, the shutdown of Sidecar, and Comcast’s internet breakthrough.
Spotify hit with class action lawsuit
David Lowery, a member of the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, has filed a $150 million law suit against Spotify for unlawfully reproducing and distributing copyrighted musical compositions.
Basically, Lowery is saying Spotify rips off musicians.
On the other hand, Spotify maintains that it is dedicated to ensuring artists are paid what they deserve, and has paid out more than $3 billion in royalties.
The company also claims that the data necessary to confirm the correct rights holders is often wrong or missing, and that they are working with the National Music Publishers Association on a solution to this problem.
Lowery, of course, isn’t the first musician to criticize Spotify. Taylor Swift certainly has some “Bad Blood” (see what I did there?) with the service and has pulled her music from the platform.
Sidecar calls it quits
While Uber and Lyft are raising massive rounds of money, lesser known ride-hailing competitor Sidecar is shutting down at 2PM today.
Sidecar was one of the pioneers of the ride-sharing movement that started years ago. It differentiated itself from its competition by allowing riders to select their drivers and by not using surge pricing.
Back in February we wrote about how Sidecar launched package delivery services alongside its ride-sharing service. It looks like neither of them worked out.
Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul penned a Medium post announcing the shutdown of the core ride and delivery services to “work on strategic alternatives and lay the groundwork for the next big thing.”
Comcast has figured out how to deliver super fast internet
Comcast has successfully tested a way to deliver super fast gigabit-internet speeds over its cable lines.
Gigabit internet is broadband delivered at 1,000 megabits per second, at least 10 times faster than the current internet speeds you’d attain from a cable modem.
For me, it would be more like 2,000 times faster, because my Comcast internet barely works.
The company has successfully tested the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1 modem, which allows for gigabit speeds delivered over its cable lines with the help of software. An alternate solution to increasing the speed would be to replace its current infrastructure with optical fiber, which would cost a fortune.
Comcast has run tests in other locations in Pennsylvania, California, and Atlanta, but it’s unknown when this service will be available nationwide.
What do you think of these stories? Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.
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